Wives of Witchcraft and Idolatry?

Wives of Witchcraft and Idolatry?

Written By Christiana at Make Women Biblical Again

Is it really that big of a deal when wives don’t submit to their husbands?

Why don’t you get off the topic and quit harping away at it, Christiana? Isn’t this majoring in the minors?

Women should all just study comforting devotionals and gender-neutral passages of Scripture and not focus so much on the ones written directly to them, after all. Sure, no wife is perfect… but all is grace, right?

God commands husbands to love their wives. He commands wives to submit to their husbands. Both are repeated unmistakably, indisputably, in Scripture.

And in our culture, including church culture, we see an unloving husband as a jerk.

But an unsubmissive wife? Meh. Even the word “submissive” itself is controversial; we’re petrified to merely utter it.

(We’re the ones who decided it’s “controversial,” by the way. God didn’t.)

Submission, as we know, is the Greek word “hupotasso,” which (quoting Strong’s) is “a Greek military term meaning ‘to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader.’ In non-military use, it was ‘a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.’”

This– out of all the words in the entire Greek language– is the God-breathed word chosen to describe the way a wife ought to relate to her husband. To arrange herself under her husband’s authority, with a yielding and cooperative attitude.

What’s the opposite of “submissive”? What words come to mind as describing the opposite of placing oneself under authority and having a heart inclined to yield?

Perhaps “rebellious:” defying authority and being your own boss. Or, “stubborn:” being stiff-necked and difficult to move.

So many wives admit to being stubborn almost as if they’re proud of it, as though it somehow signifies strength. To be a rebel is considered equally admirable. Yes, from girlhood through womanhood, we seem to think that stubbornness is cute and rebellion is nothing more than a little sass.

Or, at best, we recognize these as being less-than-ideal wifely qualities, but hardly anything severe.

Such words have lost all meaning. We have watered them down in much the same way that we’ve weakened the meaning of sin in general; we’ve lost sight of just how egregious it really is: perverse and cosmic enough that God’s only Son had to be slaughtered like an animal to atone for even the smallest of transgressions…

It’s time we looked at what the Bible says about rebellion and stubbornness, which I believe will reinculcate them with the significance and seriousness that they are truly meant to communicate.

Let’s look at 1 Samuel 15:23 to see how God views all of this…

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

This smacked me right between the eyes the first time I remember reading it as a young adult.

Witchcraft. (Hebrew word kesem, meaning “divination.”) Rebellion is occultic, demonic, Satanic. Anti-God. This makes complete sense when we consider that rebellion began with Satan, the first rebel in existence. It was rooted in pride: an inaccurate, inflated view of himself which led him to defy his direct authority (God Himself) and go his own way in rejection of God’s established order.

In Scripture, we repeatedly see submission portrayed as protection, especially of a spiritual nature. And when we step out from under that protection, we open ourselves up to the “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Iniquity. (Hebrew word aven, meaning “wickedness.”)

Idolatry. (Hebrew teraphim, meaning “a kind of idol, such as a household idol.”) A violation of God’s first of the ten commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

What is the idol here? What are we worshipping in our stubbornness? Self. When rather than yielding we behave in a stiff-necked manner toward the authorities God has placed in our lives, we’ve clearly decided it is we who know better. We will not follow, will not bend to another; we are seated firmly on the throne of our own lives. We have created an idol in our own image.

It seems that part of the reason so many women don’t take submission seriously is that they simply do not see unsubmissiveness as actually being sin. For some bizarre reason, we see it as peripheral (even though we know it mirrors a picture of Christ and the church to a watching world–Ephesians 5) and inconsequential (even though this submission is the one hope wives are given of winning an unsaved husband to the Lord–1 Peter 3).

I’ve been told even by supposed complementarians, “Oh, you and I agree on headship and submission. We just interpret it differently…”, as if these God-breathed words are so unclear and ill-chosen as to warrant many different definitions and applications.

No, there’s actually no confusion as to what these particularly explicit words communicate. There’s no wide range of meaning, much less conflicting uses. There are such instances in Scripture, but this is certainly not one of them. We simply very often choose, en masse, to follow in the footsteps of our feminist culture and respond to God’s blueprint with indifference, rebellion, or stubbornness.

Obedience is not always easy. But it is very, very simple.

Are we going to be women who gullibly believe the messages all around us? Or are we going to be women who stand with faith of steel and believe our God?

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38)

“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

“When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him.”
~ Elisabeth Elliot

9 thoughts on “Wives of Witchcraft and Idolatry?

  1. I really appreciate the end quote by Elisabeth Elliot that was posted here today. Yes, many times I need to remind myself of Jesus’ words “… if you love me, keep my commandments.” I agree that obedience is not always easy, but it is simple. I’m also encouraged, however, that His commands are not grievous or burdensome.?May we delight in submitting and serving our husbands and our Lord. Thanks for sharing this, Lori.

  2. How do you suggest dealing with a violent husband? Is it acceptable in Gods view to leave? Thank you

  3. Christiana,
    I was first made aware of your blog, on this site, a few days back. I visited and read and skimmed through your posts, and was quite impressed. It is not often I find a woman in this sinful and adulterous generation that seems to be so well grounded in God’s word and has enough fear of God to follow what it says without being openly ashamed of parts of God’s word. I commend you, and highly recommend your blog.

  4. Trust and obey
    For there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus
    But to trust and obey!

    If we submit to our husbands authority, then we are obeying the LORD Almighty! He made it so very simple for us!

  5. Firstly, there is no such thing as spiritual authority or obedience in the way it’s currently being used. Every article of Christian morality is just as applicable to an atheist as to a Christian. The problem is Christianity has become so spiritual minded it no longer makes any earthly sense. Complimentarians and egalitarians both adopted the same transcendent understanding of spirituality but complimentarians moved the husbands authority from an embodied spirituality where it fits and belongs to the thinking soul instead of just getting rid of it all together like egalitarianism did. In the conservative framework of spiritual authority the husband acts like a lightning rod that conducts spiritual heart knowledge from God just because he is a man.
    The general difference between an conservative and an egalitarian is the complimentarian wife is expected to obey her husband while she gets herself “fixed” in order to take on a pseudo male persona and support the household while abandoning any child allowed to enter the world off at a day orphanage while she drives happily off to work.

    No support means no authority and this means cohabitation not marriage.

  6. Thank you for that kindness and encouragement. Praise God for His work in me; I know it is of nothing in myself! I am slowly learning to stand up and start speaking the truths I have espoused all my life, in this “warped and crooked generation.” May it all bring glory to Him!

  7. Thanks for this post….its very encouraging.May Our Heavenly conitnue blessing your heart,as you bless others.Have a blessed day

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